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Best Family Card Games to Play with Kids
My daughter’s new favorite activity to do at home is playing card games.
There are so many fun and engaging card games to choose from for the whole family.
I didn’t realize how many card games there are for younger kids to play.
My daughter has collected so many card games, I’m trying to find a fun way to organize them for her.
The card game boxes are currently stacked up Jenga style, but there has to be a better way.
If your younger children have formed an interest in card games, check out some of the best family card games for kids.
1. Go Fish
Go Fish is an old favorite and can be played a few different ways. I like to play Go Fish with 2 players. Each player is dealt 7 cards and the remainder of the cards goes in a pile in the center of the table. The first player asks the other player if they have one of the cards they are holding. If that player has the card, they must give it to them. If they do not have the card, they tell them Go Fish, and then draw a card. You continue playing until all matches are made. The winner is the player with the most matches at the end.
2. Memory Game
My daughter’s favorite card game and she is pretty good. Memory Game is with as many players as you’d like. You shuffle your stack of cards and lay them out on the table, spread out and face down. Each player takes turns flipping 2 cards to find a match. When you make a match, you get another turn. Continue to take turns until all cards have been drawn. The winner is the player with the most matches at the end.
War can be a little advance depending on the child, but it is fun to play. War is most easily played with 2 players. Each player is dealt cards until there are no cards left. Stack your cards in a pile and draw from the top. When the game begins, each player will flip a card. The player with the higher number card gets both cards that were drawn. If the same card is drawn, players count out two cards face down and then flip their third card. The card that is higher this time takes all cards that were drawn. Cindy tubule this step until the cards drawn are not the same. The player with all the cards at the end wins.
Charades can be played with cards you made yourself or just randomly choosing what you want to act out. My daughter owns an actual charades game, and it is such a game changer. The player whose turn it is acts out the item they’re trying to guess. Continue to guess until they guess the item.
5. Old Maid
A special deck can be used for Old Maid or a standard deck with a joker added in. The cards are shuffled and dealt to each player until all cards are gone. All players must sort their cards to find as many matches as they can. Set all matched down on the table. Once all matches are made, the first player takes a card from the other player. If you make a match, set your match down on the table. This continues until all the cards are gone except the Old Maid. The player with the Old Maid card loses.
Snap can be played with 2 or more players. You can use a special deck or a regular deck of cards. Each player is dealt a card until all the cards are gone. All players place their cards face down on the table in a single stack. The first player flips their top card over to form a new pile. The players continue this around the circle until 2 top cards match. The players with the matching cards must yell Snap, and/or slap the middle of the table first to claim the cards. The winner takes the entire face up deck the other player with the matching card has.
If a tie occurs, the players must put their face up decks in the middle with the matching card on top to form a Snap Pot. A player can yell Snap Pot and claim the entire pot in the middle if they flip a card that matches the pot.
Games continues until 1 player has claimed all the cards and all players have been eliminated.
7. Crazy 8’s
There are many versions of Crazy 8’s, but the most basic version is easiest for children. Crazy 8’s is played with a basic deck of cards. Each player is dealt 5 cards and the remaining cards are set in the table in a single stack, face down. Flip the top card over and begin the game, but do not keep an 8 as the top card. Remove the 8 from the top and mix it into the cards face down. Each player must set a card from their hand on the top of the card, but the card must be the same number or same suit. The exception is the 8 cards are wild and can be used at any time. If you use an 8, let the next person know what suit they must use next. If you do not have a card to use, draw a card from the face down pile until you draw a card to use or you have drawn 5 cards. Game continues until a player runs out of cards. The player with no cards in their hand wins.
Uno is almost the same as Crazy 8’s except it is played with an Uno deck and has other specialty cards and ways you can play. Each player is dealt 7 cards and the remaining cards are set on the table in a single stack, face down. Flip the top card over and begin the game, but do not keep a wild card as the top card. Remove the wild card from the top and mix it into the cards face down. Each player must set a card from their hand on the top of the card, but the card must be the same number, color, or symbol. The exception is the wild cards can be used at any time. If you use a wild card, let the next person know what color they must use next. If you do not have a card to use, draw a card from the face down pile until you draw a card to use or you have drawn 5 cards. Shout “Uno” when you only have 1 card remaining in your hand, otherwise you must draw 2 new cards. Game continues until a player runs out of cards. The player with no cards in their hand wins.
Card games can be so much fun and are great for the mind.
My daughter has become so good at cards games, she beats me all the time.
There is a great selection of card games for kids of all ages.
Do you enjoy playing card games with your kids?
Are there any kid-friendly card games you found recommend?
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